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#62 – What It Really Takes: Grit And Grind Of The Games Life w/ Tennil Reed-Beuerlein

Tennil Reed-Beuerlein joins us today to talk about the journey of the last 6 years. She placed 1st at the South West Regional and 6th at the 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games, in which she was the first female representing the U.S. on the leaderboard this year. Tennil walks us through the inner dialogue, non negotiables, and the realities of what needs to happen if you want to compete at a high level. I admire people who are so “all in” on something with an unshakeable belief that we can’t help but to learn from their drive. Tennil is one of those people.

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#61 – The Training Journal: Accountability For Your Gains w/ Raph Freedman and Lachlan Rowston

Today my guests are Raph and Lachy from The Mind Muscle Project. They are the go-to health and fitness podcast in Australia. We nerd out on podcasting, journaling, and how to achieve your #1 fitness goal in 100 days.

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#60 – Functional Bodybuilding, Aerobic Development, and Individual Design w/ Marcus Filly

Marcus Filly is back for his 5th appearance on the show! Last time we chatted was when I was about to start ATS 2.0. Since then, I’ve been really intrigued about the intricacies that go into building an engine, pacing, and learning your gears.

For some of us, it’s that time of year. For others, we just want to not die on the Assault Bike (yours truly). Using myself as a case study, we talk about what breathing progressions might look like for long term development.

Due to heightened interest, we keep the dialogue going around functional bodybuilding and the evolution we’ve seen over the last 6 months since the birth of Awaken Training Series.

I measure time in podcast episodes. So this was also a surreal reflection for me from our first episode ever (EP17). Always a fulfilling conversation with this guy. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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#59 – Freestyle Calisthenics: The World Is Our Gym w/ Rain Bennett

Rain Bennett is an independent international documentary filmmaker who creates projects focused on cultural or social issues, food, music, art, and health. He created the movie Raise Up: The World Is Our Gym to document the history of the art form and the new age of calisthenics. I’m beyond excited to chat with him today because I strongly believe in building bridges between disciplines to have a cross exchange of information and ideas. I appreciate the creativity, style, and expression of movement that calisthenics contributes to the fitness community.

Rain does a ton of consulting with businesses around storytelling to help them connect with their audiences and customers. He does a phenomenal job of translating his skillset in filmmaking and storytelling into actionable items for fitness professionals to use in this new age of technology.

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#58 – Fitbot: A Coach’s Best Friend For Individual Coaching w/ Casey Jenks

Casey Jenks is the CEO and Co-Founder of The Fitbot. If you ask any coach who pursues individual coaching about their number one tool — I guarantee you they will say Fitbot. Not only does it allow you take massive leaps in efficiency, it give you the time and space to focus on delivering value to your clients.

Measure compliance rates, deliver designs, demo videos, take notes during consults, communicate under one roof — and so much more. If you want to scale your client load without sacrificing quality — this is the tool you need in your arsenal to become apart of your coaching system. I wanted to get inside the mind of Casey and see what sparked this for him and where we see individualized coaching headed.

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#57 – Beyond The Athlete w/ Sarah Loogman

Sarah Loogman competed at the CrossFit Games this year with Team Invictus. I’ve had the opportunity to watch her coach and nerd out on movement. She’s currently traveling and teaching seminars with Julien Pineau and the StrongFit team. Aside from chatting about what goes into her competitive career, the inner nerd in Sarah comes out. Part of what really drew me to bringing her on the show was her wide variety of interests outside of the gym. We talk about her taste in books, travel, writing, nose breathing, and much more. I enjoyed hearing her stories, especially around her upbringing in such a different environment. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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#56 – Business Strategy For The Individual Design Model w/ Jim Crowell

Jim Crowell, CEO of OPEX Fitness, joins us today to talk business strategy. His background in Finance and Economics led him to play in the hedge fund world for years before successfully managing multiple fitness facilities in Pittsburgh. Today we discuss things like human behavior, storytelling, and implementing systems and strategy to make the individual design model work.

There’s a lot of great dialogue in this episode that makes me confident in saying you’d be SILLY to not listen to this one if you’re a fitness professional.

People don’t always want leaner, faster, and stronger. They want to be happier. How can you give that feeling to more people in your gym? We discuss the three pieces to community, thoughts on how artificial intelligence will affect the fitness industry, social media strategy for coaches and gym owners, along with so much more.

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#55 – Divorcing The Outcome and Marrying The Process w/ Bryce Smith

Today is the one year anniversary of The Airborne Mind Show. Couldn’t be happier to have someone like Bryce Smith to share this conversation with. He grew up playing basketball which led him to pursuing the sport in Sweden for a little while. He’s a coach at CrossFit Invictus with a really interesting philosophy. Bryce believes in animalistic styled training that turns the gym into an adult playground. His ability to blend play and grunt work together is admirable. Bryce is an adventurer at heart and strives to use training as a way to paint a picture to see the relationship to life. We share a bunch of stories where we talk about being better than yesterday, creating deeper relationships with clients, rewriting your narrative, and so much more.

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#54 – Female Sex Hormones, Muscle Proteins, and Human Performance w/ Dr. Irene Tobias

Dr. Irene Tobias joins us this week to drop more science! She is a PhD Biochemist and an MIT alumna who is apart of Dr. Andy Galpin’s team. In this episode, we dig into her speciality of research, which includes the study of a molecule called AMPK.

How does it relate to exercise and recovery? What are some of the challenges that scientists face when conducting research?

We also have some dialogue around female sex hormones and how it relates to performance and training. She shares a personal story about preserving fertility for those who are trying to pursue a career while balancing the idea of having kids. Her passion for science shines through, which made this such an enjoyable conversation.

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#53 – Hypertrophy, Muscle Science, and Eliciting Different Forms Of Stress w/ Dr. Andy Galpin

Dr. Andy Galpin joins us today to talk SCIENCE. He is a Professor of Kinesiology at the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton. He has a Ph.D. in Human Bioenergetics and is the founder and director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Exercise Laboratory.

Why do certain types of training programs work better than others? Why do certain people respond to certain types of training better than others?

Andy is a muscle scientist who studies muscle at the single cell level all the way up to performance to try to determine what happens in response to high intensity, high power, high velocity, high force exercise acutely and chronically.

He is best known for studying “human thriving”. What do we do to not just avoid being sick but how do we optimize? How do we thrive?  He spends time examining those that do that so that we really understand what we’re shooting for in terms of optimal health and performance.

In this episode, we chat about things like why we think of science the wrong way, why hypertrophy training is so critical for long term development, the diabetes of dopamine, what happens when we eliminate all stress, and so much more.

I admire his skill for communicating such complex topics in laymen’s terms. His new book Unplugged is taking the best seller’s list by storm. Make sure you support the message by grabbing a copy and leaving a review on Amazon!

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